One Year MBA

Ranked as a top 1-year program in the U.S.

The One Year MBA program is an immersive, cross-disciplinary, hands-on experience designed for recent graduates, young professionals, emerging leaders and rising entrepreneurs across all academic and professional backgrounds who are seeking versatility. Graduates and alumni of the program pursue a myriad of career outcomes in managerial, technical and leadership roles across different industries, sectors, organizations and companies.

Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Submitted applications are considered on a rolling admissions cycle, so it's strongly recommended to apply early. Before applying to the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses, FAQ's and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Project Connect Internship

The cornerstone of the One Year MBA is the unique internship program called Project Connect. For 32 weeks, student teams are paired with companies to work on projects of importance to the companies and focus on core business processes such as data analytics, marketing research, growth strategies, supply chain management, logistics and operations.

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Professional Development & Concentration 

Students will have the opportunity to earn complete workshops in Project Management as well as Global Commerce and Strategy, and earn their Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma certification. Candidates also have the opportunity to take entrepreneurship electives or obtain the full concentration in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation.

Professional Certifications Entrepreneurship Concentration

Dual Degrees

The Gatton College of Business and Economics has partnered with the Colleges of Engineering, Law, Medicine and Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky to offer dual degree programs, coupled with the One Year MBA, which offer highly specialized employment opportunities for our graduates.

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Core courses and electives

Cross-disciplinary core courses with customizable electives

The full-time, accelerated One Year MBA program is shorter and more immersive than most comparable programs. Positioned for both business and non-business majors, the cross-disciplinary curriculum includes courses in marketing, management, and finance; as well as more technical business courses such as quantitative analysis, operations management (supply chain), marketing research, global management, and data analysis.

Summer Term
DIS 651 - Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making  3
ECO 610 - Managerial Economics 3
MGT 697 - Leadership, Communications and Ethics 3
MBA 630 - Professional Development 1
Total Hours 10
Fall Semester
MKT 600 - Marketing Management (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 610 - Global Management (second 8 weeks) 3
ACC 628 - Financial/Managerial Accounting (16 weeks) 3
FIN 600 - Corporate Financial Policy (16 weeks) 3
MBA 640 - Project Connect Internship I (16 weeks) 4
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course* 3

Total Hours for Semester

Spring Semester
MBA 615 - Supply Chain Strategy (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 611 - Managing Effective Organizations (first 8 weeks) 3
MGT 699 - Business Policy & Strategy II (second 8 weeks) 3
MBA 642 - Project Connect Internship II (16 weeks) 4
Elective Course* 3
Elective Course* 3
Total Hours for Semester 19
Total Program Hours 51

*MBA Elective Courses Include:

FIN 645 - Corporate Investment & Financing MKT 601 - Marketing Research
FIN 695 - Data Management & Modeling MBA 660 - Data Visualization
MBA 616 - Supply Chain Operations MBA 645 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation I**
MGT 612 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution MBA 647 Early Stage Venture Finance**
MGT 620 - Personnel & Industrial Relations MBA 648 Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercialization**
MGT 690 - Strategic Thinking & Analysis MBA 646 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation II**

*All electives are 16 weeks
**These electives represent the individual courses required to graduate with the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Concentration

Alumni Spotlight

Brett Seymore

Brett Seymore
Senior Financial Analyst, Corporate FP&A at Churchill Downs

Taylor Corbett

Taylor Corbett
Program Manager at United States Air Force

Zachary Cain

Zachary Cain
Senior Marketing Analyst, Market Intelligence at UPS

Chris Rodonis

Chris Rodonis
Chief Revenue Officer at Allegiance Industries, Inc.

Benjamin Osei

Benjamin Osei
Associate Brand Manager of Jack Daniel's Craft & Luxury at Brown-Forman

Tiffany Larsh

Tiffany Larsh
Sales Operations Program Manager at GE Lighting, a Savant Systems Company

Yiting Jian

Yiting Jian
Enterprise Sourcing Category Management Analyst at Kroger

Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory

Deepmala Jha-Hogue

Deepmala Jha-Hogue
Supply Chain Manager, SSD at Amazon

Tuition & Funding

2021 – 2022 Tuition and Fees

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
One Year MBA Tuition* $34,607 $41,206
Mandatory Fees $1,538 $1,538
Approximate Total Cost** $36,145 $42,744

Tuition will be billed in the following schedule:

Kentucky Resident*** Non-Resident***
Summer Term $6,778 $6778
Fall Semester $14,683 $17,982
Spring Semester $14,683 $17,982
Approximate Total** $36,145 $42,744

*Tuition will not change while continuously enrolled in program. Includes non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, which is required before the start of program and will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
** Total costs do not include books, online distance learning fees or living expenses. Book estimate is between $2,000 – $2,500. A distance learning fee of $10 per credit hour is charged per course (or elective) that has an online option. Please refer to UK's Registrars page for the most updated tuition/fees. All current rates are subject to change and typically increase each year.
***The policy for determining residency is established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education. Students who are unsure of their residency status, should refer to the Registrar’s Office Residency Policy before applying for admission.

Funding Options & Scholarships

All scholarships will be based on information collected through the admissions application. No separate scholarship application is required. For additional funding options (including searchable databases, federal and specialized funding opportunities, external sources or additional resources for underrepresented minorities) please visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School's Funding Opportunities. For information regarding Student Financial Aid please visit UK Financial Aid.

Kentucky Scholars Program

The Gatton College of Business and Economics selects qualified students to receive Kentucky Scholars Awards, which are funded by a variety of private endowments. All accepted students and majors into the UK MBA are eligible for this scholarship consideration. These scholarships are limited, competitive and are offered as funds remain available.

University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarships

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association is pleased to provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Kentucky. The UK Alumni Association and Alumni Clubs provided 185 students with scholarships, ranging from $500 - $2,500. These awards are available through an application process that is independent of the need-based financial aid process.